- Mar 20, 2018 -
FOB Common contradictions between Chinese shippers and freight forwarders.
Trade company:T（ TRADING COMPANY ）
Freight forwarding company:F（ FREIGHT FORWARDER ）
The middleman uses: M（ MIDDLE PERSON ）
T : When handling a shipment of cargo,the forwarder requires to show the details of the goods. I provides 3538.5kg and 26.108cbm. But BL shows total weight 3538 kg and total mension 26.11 cbm.
F : I am asked to change back to 3537.50KGS,26.108CBM. But there is changing fee caused.
T: The bill of lading must show as freight forwarder? Can't show the rounded Numbers? Is this changing fee reasonable ?
1. It's ok to round, But on the document itself, it is better not to attach three decimal points with the number, because some carriers’ systems cannot show three-digit number.
2. As to the changing fee, it depends you request to change before or after cut-off time. If after cut-off time, T should bear changing fee.
3. Currently, Marine VGM requires that the difference between declared weight and actual weight should be within five percent (or within a ton as to those large goods). If it is beyond the scope, the goods will be easily inspected and confiscated by customs at both POL and POD.
4. If T didn’t ask F to help check the cargo details in advance, and the changing fee caused , T should bear it.